RUSH: Denver, John. It's not a question about Tim Tebow and his injured ribs and whether he's going to play in the next preseason game. Welcome to the program, John. How are you?
CALLER: Doing well, and yourself?
RUSH: Fine, sir, thank you.
CALLER: That's cool. This is an honor, man, I never thought I'd be able to talk to you.
RUSH: This is a good caller because he doesn't know how I feel, and is not telling you how I feel. He's asking me.
RUSH: That's very good of you. Thank you very much.
CALLER: Yeah. Hey, I was wondering, what do you do think about Barack Obama personally? We all know where you stand on him politically, but what do you think about him personally? I remember when you used to talk about Clinton you used to say he's a great guy to go have a beer with but you never agreed with his politics.
RUSH: Well, Obama doesn't strike me as a guy you'd want to go out, have a beer with and chase women after a game, like you would with Clinton.
RUSH: Obama strikes me personally as a guy who has been covered for all his life. He's been told that he's the smartest guy in every room. He's never had to work really hard for what he's got because he's always had a way paved for him for obvious reasons. He thinks he's much smarter than he is, much more worldly than he is. He's arrogant. I think he tends to be condescending toward people he thinks are not smart as he is. And I think it's very typical of people like that, he's real-world ignorant.
CALLER: Huh. That makes sense.
RUSH: I don't think there's much common sense to Obama. I think pure theory, faculty room chitchat is what has created Obama's philosophy, life experience, and so forth.
RUSH: But personally beyond that, I mean I don't know him. I've never met him.
RUSH: All I know is the people who know him best are taking polls out there of the American people asking if they think he's a Muslim or not.
RUSH: You have a thought on that?
CALLER: Whether he's Muslim or not?
CALLER: I really don't know.
RUSH: Do you care?
CALLER: No. I just know he's not good for the country so it doesn't bother me what religion he is.
RUSH: Exactly, I don't care, either, I'm more concerned that he's destroying the economy than what his religion is or isn't.
CALLER: Oh, sure, sure. If I could I'd work in construction. I actually fix construction equipment and we lost a lot of business for that just because all the construction died. All the housing development went away shortly after he went into office.
RUSH: Yeah, talk to the people in the oil business in the Gulf.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. I work for a few of those people, too.
RUSH: Talk to the people in the housing business. Thank you Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.
CALLER: Yeah, exactly.
RUSH: Financial market. John, thanks for the call.
Let's go to audio sound bite number five. This is a classic illustration. We're told, and we were told all through the campaign there's never been a guy like Obama in our politics, right? Clean, articulate, never anybody smarter, never anybody better able to unite people, we've never had anybody like this, smart as a whip, this guy is so smart we can't keep up with him. Margaret Carlson actually said that the reason he's in trouble is we just can't keep up, he's got to slow down for us. We're so pedestrian that we can't see the big picture on the Ground Zero mosque. Obama's gotta understand that and then slow it down, okay? So let's go to Joe Scarborough's fledgling show today on MSNBC where he had Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson. Eugene Robinson said Bush needs to come out and save Obama on the mosque business 'cause Obama is so smart, he's so far ahead of us, he needs Bush to come out and endorse it so that the people will understand. Yeah, he wrote a column that Bush needed to help Obama.
His latest column is about the stunning successes of Obama. I kid you not. His current column is about Obama's stunning successes. We're right on track, folks. Now, keep this all in mind as you listen to this sound bite. Eugene Robinson was asked a question by Scarborough, "Obama's not a good communicator. He can't boil issues down to their essence like Reagan. Not even close." That's Scarborough. Now, you would think that Eugene would say, "The hell you say. He's the smartest guy in the room. What do you mean? He's the greatest communicator we've ever had. He can use a Negro dialect when he wants to, Harry Reid said so." Eugene Robinson should be insulted here. We've been told the guy's the smartest, the best, the brightest light. Listen to Eugene Robinson's answer.
ROBINSON: I actually think he is a great communicator. I don't think it's a matter of overexposure. It's a matter of impact. It could something as simple but difficult to pull off as Barack Obama finding his Peggy Noonan, the person who knows his voice better than he does, and who's able to craft those sorts of simple expressions that really get through and that communicate emotion as well as content.
RUSH: So what Obama needs is a speechwriter. Obama needs somebody who knows his voice better than he does, but yet Obama's the best, I thought, Eugene? I thought Obama's smarter, brighter, wizard-like. Post this, post that, postmodern, post partisan, post-racial, post- yet he needs a woman to come write his speeches, to craft simple expressions that really get through? He's just way too above the crowd. So Obama for all his brilliance can't communicate now. His own supporters, a column today recounting all of Obama's successes. Now, another thing, this business that Reagan couldn't tie his shoes without Peggy Noonan or Michael Deaver or any of these other people is a myth that needs to be shot down. These guys, not only do they not really understand Obama, they don't understand Reagan. They think Reagan was a dunce, amiable, likable dunce, all about speechwriting. It is Obama that can't tie his shoes without a teleprompter, folks.
RUSH: I promised I was going to play this sound bite, so we're gonna play it within the context that Obama's the smartest guy we've ever had, the most brilliant, he's so smart we can't keep up with him. We can't. Charlie Rose and Tom Brokaw, October 30, 2008, right before the election.
ROSE: I don't know what Barack Obama's worldview is.
BROKAW: No, I don't either.
ROSE: I don't know how he really sees where China is.
BROKAW: We don't know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy.
ROSE: I don't really know. And do we know anything about the people who are advising him?
BROKAW: You know, it's an interesting question.
ROSE: He's principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational speeches.
BROKAW: Two of them. Now, I don't know what books he's read.
ROSE: What do we know about the heroes of Barack Obama?
BROKAW: There's a lot about him we don't know.
RUSH: Vote for him Tuesday. Vote for him, we don't know a damn thing about him, vote for him.
Quickly, Tucson, Arizona, this is Van. I have about a minute 45 seconds. I wanted to get to you. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Listen, I don't want to be a total sycophant here, but your response to the organizer in Canada was on the north side of brilliant.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much. I appreciate that, really do.
CALLER: The easiest thing in the world is to calculate the number of lives touched by the Porkulus plan.
CALLER: It's roughly 310 million.
CALLER: Because every damn one of us will be paying for this until we're long over the last horizon.
RUSH: (laughing) Exactly. Not only lives touched, lives destroyed.
CALLER: Many, many, many.
RUSH: Van, excellent timing. That guy has professional possibilities. Sense of timing is impeccable.